I was introduced to tea tree oil (melaleuca alternifolia) about 15 years ago when I got fried at an amusement park and have kept a stash of it in my bathroom cupboard ever since. Known for its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, tea tree oil is an indispensible essential oil that disinfects wounds and heals nearly all skin conditions.
Use tea tree oil for:
- Sunburn. (Apply directly to burn. It takes the sting out and moisturizes without drying your skin so there is no itch. Heals quicker.)
- Acne or pimples. (Dilute with water and apply as a rinse daily).
- Insect bites. (Apply a small amount directly to each bite. Relieves the itch and increases healing time.)
- Dandruff. (Add a small amount to shampoo.)
- Boils. (Add ten drops of oil to a quart of warm water. Soak a clean cloth and apply to boil for 30 minutes at a time.)
- Herpes. (Dab lightly on affected areas several time a day. Full strength or diluted.)
- Athletes foot. (Add 20-30 drops of oil to a small tub of water and soak 2-3 times a day. Dry thoroughly then apply a small amount of tea tree oil to affected area.)
- Flea bites on dogs. (Dilute about 1-2 capfuls in a spray bottle filled with water and apply to affected area.)
- Cuts & burns. (Cleanse wound with straight or diluted oil.)
Can be purchased at Wal-Mart or most health food stores. Note: Not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure. For informational purposes only. For topical use only. Can cause rashes in sensitive individuals.